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Old 09-23-2008, 10:28 AM   #1
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Fear drives protection?

Political Attitudes Are Predicted By Physiological Traits

The researchers noted a correlation between those who reacted strongly to the stimuli and those who expressed support for "socially protective policies," which tend to be held by people "particularly concerned with protecting the interests of the participants' group, defined as the United States in mid-2007, from threats." These positions include support for military spending, warrantless searches, the death penalty, the Patriot Act, obedience, patriotism, the Iraq War, school prayer and Biblical truth, and opposition to pacifism, immigration, gun control, foreign aid, compromise, premarital sex, gay marriage, abortion rights and pornography.

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Old 09-23-2008, 10:41 AM   #2
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Another more even handed version of the same material

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A new study out of Yale University confirms what argumentative liberals have long-known: Offering reality-based rebuttals to conservative lies only makes conservatives cling to those lies even harder. In essence, schooling conservatives makes them more stupid. From the Washington Post article on the study, which came out yesterday:
And a great article on ideological fashions

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Let's start with a test: Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers?

If the answer is no, you might want to stop and think about that. If everything you believe is something you're supposed to believe, could that possibly be a coincidence? Odds are it isn't. Odds are you just think whatever you're told.

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Old 09-23-2008, 10:46 AM   #3
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...pacifism, immigration, gun control, foreign aid, compromise, premarital sex, gay marriage, abortion rights and pornography.
That's my kind of fucking party!

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Old 09-23-2008, 10:52 AM   #4
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Similarly, participants also viewed three nonthreatening images (a bunny, a bowl of fruit and a happy child) placed within a series of other images.



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Old 09-23-2008, 11:00 AM   #5
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And one more that I forgot, a book called "The Big Sort." The subject is US citizens with similar ideologies sorting themselves geographically. I haven't read it - it focuses on religious populations - but have heard that it's a pretty good read.

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Old 09-23-2008, 07:16 PM   #6
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This is pretty interesting stuff. Good enough to divert my attention for the evening. Hee hee!

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